MFA Student Eva Tennant Named 2019 Plork Award Winner
May 23, 2019
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Eva Tennant, MFA '19, a new graduate of the University of Baltimore's MFA in Creative Writing and Publishing Arts program, has been named the winner of the program's 2019 Plork Award.
The Plork Award honors a graduate student whose work best exemplifies the spirit of the MFA program, exhibiting extraordinary creativity, originality and imagination in the integration of creative writing and book design. "Plork" is the idea of combining play with work as a means of expression, creativity and drive.
"Selection among our excellent students is never easy," said Betsy Boyd, assistant professor in UB's Klein Family School of Communications Design and director of the MFA in Creative Writing and Publishing Arts program. "Eva surpassed each creative goal she set this thesis year, from writing to design, from public performance to book table vision. She was also involved in helping others, and there's nothing more Plorky than that. Congratulations, Eva!"
John C. Wilson, Tennant's design instructor, added, "Eva is the real deal—a talented writer and designer whose spirit of creativity and community uplifted her classmates. It was a joy to work with her and experience this joyful, inventive being."
Another of her professors, Anthony Frye, said, "Over the past couple of years, I have always looked forward to seeing Eva's projects—they were unique, beautifully executed and conceptually on target. She brought that same creative energy to class and constantly inspired others … faculty included."
The award carries with it a $500 prize from the Klein Family School of Communications Design's Randolph Avery Fund.
Check out a brtief about Tennant's award in The Baltimore Sun. (Scroll to page 8 of the PDF.)
Learn more about the MFA in Creative Writing and Publishing Arts.